Before the Brave, Billie Gayle, Chambers, Good Fight @ Brick & Mortar Music Hall, San Francisco [13 December]

Before the Brave, Billie Gayle, Chambers, Good Fight


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Brick & Mortar Music Hall
1710 Mission St, San Francisco, California 94103
Wednesday, Dec 13th, 2017
Brick & Mortar
San Francisco, CA
$8 ADV / $10 DOS / Age 18 And Up

Before the Brave
Before the Brave emerged from a strangely quiet San Francisco music scene in 2012 with unexpected acclaim behind their first release, a 5 song EP entitled Great Spirit. As the quintet expanded their humble fanbase with consistent local headliners, Noise Pop festival appearances, and a series of west coast tours, a handful of lineup changes led to significant stylistic shifts in their sonic identity. Over the next few years the collective took a decisive step into the unknown, leaving their folk-americana roots for a larger, more ambitious alternative rock sound that draws on the likes of classics Fleetwood Mac as well as contemporaries The Head and the Heart and The Alabama Shakes. And the risk paid off.

The band, now composed of original members vocalist/guitarist Jason Stevens, drummer Kyle Teese, and vocalist/keyboardist Beth Garber, along with newcomers Ryan Devisser on guitar and Miguel Castuera on bass, displayed newly cultivated songwriting capabilities that landed 2014's single Free in a handful of television placements and widespread circulation on indie music blogs. The following year marked a new season for Before the Brave, as the band entered the studio with California producer-engineer Andy Freeman (Eisley), looking to capture their unique and substantive sound and color on a full-length record.

With a number of new tracks already debuted live, the band's unreleased material has set expectations high — their most lyrically honest, instrumentally rich, and conceptually developed work to date.

On the outfit's steady progression towards their current place as a household name in the musical landscape of San Francisco, Nic Buron of The Bay Bridged aptly observed: «In a city where it often feels like 'too cool' rules, their genuineness is a fresh gulp of oxygen.»

Before the Brave's LP «Better Country» was released independently on October 21, 2016, followed by an expanded winter and spring touring schedule.

Billie Gayle
Billie Gayle began as the solo, singer-songwriter project of Beth Garber in Seattle, whose guitar-picking style and lyric-heavy songs are reminiscent of Joni Mitchell and Nick Drake, and whose lilting vocals bring Doris Day, Francoise Hardy, and Ilene Woods to mind.

As Billie Gayle has developed into a band, with a relocation to the East Bay and the addition of Adam and Justin Wayne on guitar and drums, and Eric Shawn on bass, influences like Slowdive, David Bazan, and St. Vincent have shaped Billie Gayle’s sound into a tapestry of melody, shiny guitar riffs, and backbeat, while staying true to the original, story-driven style.

Blending the grit and glamour of the Bay and the contemplative beauty of the emerald Northwest, Billie Gayle intertwines roots of singer-songwriter folk, leading lady vocals, and an undeniable rhythmic quality, while integrating a lyric heavy style that paints pictures with a backbeat.


Last year, Before the Brave guitarist Ryan Devisser embarked on his own solo project, CHAMBERS. His debut EP «Heart Crimes» is a modern day love letter to 80's R&B and elecronic-pop. 808s, drum machines, shimmery guitars, and dreamy synthesizers permeate the atmosphere, shaping a soundtrack for heartbreak and hope, uncertainty and infinite possibility.
For fans of: LANY, The Weeknd, Frank Ocean, Blood Orange, the Drive soundtrack.

Good Fight

Before The Brave bassist Miguel Castuera debuts his solo project.
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